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18                  HISTORY OF PKRSIA                 n^,
God to Khusru son of Hormu/d. But to proceed,
Verily I extol unto thce God, beside whom there in no
other God, O Khusru 1 Submit ami thou shutt he safe,
or else prepare to wage with God and with his Apostle
a war which shall not" find them helpless! Farewell!"
According to the legend, the Great King tore up the
epistle, and the Prophet on hearing of it ^prayed, " Even
thus, 0 Lord ! rend Thou his kingdom from him ! "
The Conquest of Khuyini^ A.». 7 (6;* 8V -The conquest
of Khaybar, a rich district inhabited hy jews and situated
about one hundred miles north of Medina, was the next
exploit of the conquering Prophet. The Jews were
.surprised and offered but little resistance after the death
fof their champion Merhub> who wan cut in two by AH,
now the son-in-law of the Prophet, whose daughter
Fatima he had married- The theme is a popular one in
Persian art The seizure of the land hy Mohamed added
considerably to his resources, and the booty was very
rich. Moreover, he had now destroyed the lust centre
of Judaism in the vicinity of Medina* urn! henceforward
there is little or no mention of the Jews*
The "Fulfilled Pilgrimage" A«H, 7 (6ay),—Perhaps
there is no more extraordinary event in the history of
the Prophet than the c< Fulfilled Pilgrimage.*' In accord-
ance with their agreement the Kureish vacated the city of
Mecca for three days, and Mohamed at the head of 2000
men performed the rites by encircling the sucred spot
seven times, riding seven times between Safa and Marwa,
and sacrificing the victims brought from Medina* On
the following day the azan was sounded, and Mohamed
led the service in the same manner as at Medina, while
the Kureish from the adjacent hills looked down with
wonder at the extraordinary spectacle- The pilgrimage
undoubtedly augmented the prestige of the Prophet, who
was shortly afterwards joined by Khalid, the great general,
and by other men of importance.
The 'Bank of Mm, A.H. 8 (629).—The raids from
Medina now extended to the borders of Syria, and so
great was the alarm inspired by M&hamed's activity that
at Mut^ near the Dead Sea, his main force of 3000 men